Posted on 23 November 2020
(23 November 2020) - The 2020 G20 Leaders Summit, hosted this year by Saudi Arabia, issued a Declaration yesterday, focused on the world’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as expected, and missed an opportunity to call for urgent paired action on the climate crisis.
The G20, comprising 20 of the world's largest economies and representing two thirds of the world’s population, gather annually to discuss international economic and financial stability and issues that impact these. They account for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions, around 75% of all global trade and 80% of global economic output.
Commenting on the Leaders' Summit Declaration, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF global climate and energy lead, said: “The G20 has, in past years, made important contributions to protecting the planet and advancing climate action, especially in relation to addressing economic risks from climate change.
“Our expectations were low this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resistance to a strong climate action agenda from some key countries. We expect that alignment between climate and economic recovery plans expands and is effectively harnessed so that G20 outcomes in 2021 deliver a powerful basis for a rapid shift to net-zero economies and a successful climate COP26.
“The 2021 G20 Leaders Summit, themed People, Planet and Prosperity, will happen at the very end of October 2021. This is just days before the UN climate talks resume in Glasgow on 1 November. So it will be key for Italy, as the G20 Presidency and as co-host of COP26, to ensure both processes are mutually reinforcing in delivering strong outcomes.”
WWF encourages the Italian G20 Presidency to focus on the following priorities:
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